Bonnie Turner is an independent publisher in Wisconsin whose juvenile and adult fiction is published under the registered imprint: AURORAWOLF BOOKS.
FACE THE WINTER NAKED
(From a Judge of 18th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. October 26, 2010. Mainstream/Literary)
"POIGNANT AND EMOTIONALLY EVOCATIVE. Author Bonnie Turner has created a winner with Face the Winter Naked. The book is beautifully written with compelling characters. Almost immediately the reader identifies with Daniel Tomelin, the shell-shocked veteran about whom the book revolves. The hero is instantly identifiable and the secondary characters are equally convincing. Turner's point of view technique is flawless, allowing for a truly emotional read. The story begins at just the right moment, and has a strong sense of movement. The story concept is gripping and includes the perfect amount of suspense to keep the reader avidly turning pages. The physical volume is well packages, with attractive cover graphics and high quality paper. Overall, readers will love the honesty of Turner's beautifully crafted voice. Face the Winter Naked is such an exceptional book, I feel like I'm quibbling in order to suggest improvements. My biggest disappointment is that the book, being self-published, doesn't have the distribution it deserves. You're an incredibly talented author and I urge you to continue on your literary journey."
May 21, 2010
"Face The Winter Naked is a poignant tale of a family's plight during the Great Depression. Plagued by traumatic memories of the First World War, Daniel abandons his family, leaving his wife LaDaisy to fend for herself and the children. The narrative alternates between Daniel's life as a hobo seeking work and LaDaisy's struggle to keep her family alive while fighting off the advances of a man with the power to leave her and her children homeless. Turner's engaging writing tells their stories with compassion and insight and vividly brings to life the feel of the era. If you liked Water for Elephants, this is one for you." By MonK - Amazon Verified Purchase
April 23, 2010
"Bonnie Turner’s Face the Winter Naked is set during the Great Depression, but her story encompasses issues that reach far beyond that era and know no time constraints—war. Political strife. Economic collapse. Environmental catastrophe. Division of families. Cruelty and oppression. Poverty, inequity, and all the faces of prejudice. But it is also about love. And faith. And strength. And hope, forgiveness, and perseverance.
Face the Winter Naked provides an engrossing read in which Turner interweaves history, geography, and a compelling love story. More than that, it is a story that looks beyond the surface, delving into the inner workings of the human mind—a powerful narrative that illuminates larger issues of humanity that are timeless and volatile and just as apropos today as decades ago."
(Karen Donley-Hayes, M.A.I.S., author and editor)
February 4, 2010
“FACE THE WINTER NAKED is a gorgeously written and evocative novel of an earlier economic crisis: the Great Depression. Readers looking for a stunning read, intelligent and emotional on every level, will not be disappointed.” ~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful and The Education of Bet
Biblio Buffet Review
"Face the Winter Naked, Bonnie Turner, 1930s. A two-track story about a WWI vet who hits the road during the Great Depression in an attempt to make enough money to send back to the wife he’s left behind to take care of the homestead and the kids. This book has echoes in our current economic plight and also contains one of the finest-crafted scenes I’ve ever read of a character keeping her head and acting coolly while all around her is chaos. Still, while I love Face the Winter Naked, I’d hate to face the winter naked." (07-18-10 Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Twin's Daughter)
Midwest Book Review (Amazon.com)
"The great war tore apart lives, and the depression didn't help. "Face the Winter Naked" is a novel of two such situations, telling the story of Daniel Tomelin, a traumatized World War I veteran and his family. A story of the challenges of family and facing tragedy and the constant challenges of motherhood during these rough times, "Face the Winter Naked" is a touching work of Depression fiction, highly recommended." (5 stars. December 4, 2010, Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI (USA)
"Sometimes writing a book review is surprisingly challenging. Face the Winter Naked is a book I would seldom think to pick up and read. Being asked to review this book was a gift.
From the very first chapter, Bonnie sucks you into a story of emotional hardship of biblical proportions. It seems effortless the way she has recreated an entire world I am too young to have lived in. She forces you to time travel by recreating places, smells, people and conflicts of the depression. I’m not going to call it the great depression, because it’s blatantly clear there was nothing great about it.
My generation can have no understanding at all what it’s like to live in a country of complete poverty and hardship. An era of destitution and despair. Somehow Bonnie made me feel it, live it, breathe it all in this amazing novel.
Face the Winter Naked, is a tearjerker. It pushed and pulls and weaves and plucks every single emotion you have. I felt rage, and I cried. I cried a lot.
A humble man is a precious rarity. A good heart seems extinct. Yet Bonnie’s novel makes you cry for the loss of simple men who walk the earth without arrogance. Men who feel shame if they don’t do what they feel they ought to be able to do for their family’s. She recreates the haunting loss of innocence brought on by war, and the starvation that follows it. She puts you inside a man’s calloused hands as he tries desperately to find his soul again after surviving the war when all of his friends are dead because of it, and she makes the government turning their back on the war survivors so personal, I hated politicians when reading it. Loathsome lying creatures who put young men’s lives in danger to protect a country in a war that shouldn’t have been their problem. Forcing them to be murderer’s in the name of protecting borders and then trying to murder the same men when they asked for compensation.
This tale, is a one of love. What really matters in life? Integrity sometimes is all we have, and the hardships good people endure are vividly portrayed between these pages.
This is the kind of novel that you don’t walk away from. It stays with you forever, because it leaves a mark on your heart, on your conscience – because it makes you face how fortunate you are to not live in a time of war and famine. It shows both sides of the story, what the women went through, and what the men lived through.
I don’t have words to explain the impact this novel has on me. But I cried so much. It will break your heart a thousand times over, and make you grateful on every page.
This book will not disappoint you. It’s the kind of book that transforms your outlook on life. Face the Winter Naked, is an emotional journey. Bonnie has a gift few writers wield so effectively. A good writer makes you feel what the characters between the pages are going through. With tears streaming, or rage pumping, or complete sadness and despair saturating my soul, I couldn’t put it down. Turning page after page, because I had to know if it had a happy ending.
If I had to sum it up, I would say that Bonnie has brought to life a word. Compassion. It gets a fully fledged two thumbs up from me. And even if you don’t usually read this genre, Face the Winter Naked is the one book you should pick up to try it. You cannot call this book boring, insipid and a waste of paper. It’s gripping, a complete emotional spectrum, and convincing in surroundings, streets, places, time, clothing, smells, foods, people – it’s utterly completely convincing. I didn’t think, “Oh no, not another period piece.”. I read it and had my eyes opened, feeling as if I’d stepped back in time to live in a period I am so grateful I am not in.
If there is a bitter heart in your family, please buy this as a gift. Bonnie’s an alchemist. An author with a rare intensity to touch the soul of the reader. I am honoured to review it and tell you, with tears still streaming (I just finished it and feel like the journey was a personal one) – that this is one book, you will forever be proud to have on your bookshelf. It’s the kind of book you need to lend to everyone you know.
It’s a poignant, beautiful tale of what it means, to be human."
(From a Judge of 18th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. October 26, 2010. MG-YA Category)
"Bonnie Turner does an excellent job of depicting the Canadian wilderness in Spirit Lights. I've never been to this particular part of Canada, but Turner has an almost cinematic ability to make the setting come to life, but without jeopardizing the pace of the narrative--something that is quite critical in a book for young readers. Children won't tend to sit through long passages of vivid descriptions of nature, and Turner wisely avoids weighing her tale down. There's just enough detail to create vivid images in the mind."
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A Mouse Tale for Christmas
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 3050 words.
Published on February 15, 2013. Fiction.
When Pinky Mouse tries to discover the meaning of Christmas, he finds himself in danger from Tiger the cat and a mouse trap. Kids of all ages will enjoy this magical mouse story, first written for the author's children in 1971. This e-book contains the original sketches, plus newer computer-generated illustrations.
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 1910 words.
Published on December 9, 2011. Nonfiction.
From stepping stones in a creek bed to mighty steel and concrete structures, bridges have from ancient times helped people solve transportation problems. Bridges Ahead is a book for curious readers who wonder how bridges are made and what they are made of. The book contains images of different types of bridges. (Ages 8-12)
Grandma's Bedtime Stories
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $0.99 USD. 4090 words.
Published on November 27, 2011. Fiction.
Ten read-aloud, interactive short stories for preschool and early grades to help stimulate a young child's memory and imagination. Parents, grandparents, and child-care personnel can discuss the stories and characters with their children while reading and encourage them to find pictures and maps to match the stories.
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 78930 words.
Published on November 14, 2010. Fiction.
Historical novel filled with adventure, paranormal intrigue, and danger in Canada's Central Arctic, where Sir John Franklin and his crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage. In the late 1930s, 17-year-old David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per, manager for the Hudson's Bay Company, and almost lives to regret it.
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 11000 words.
Published on June 5, 2010. Nonfiction.
In 1805, a young Shoshone woman named Sacajawea joined the Lewis and Clark expedition as an interpreter, and with a papoose on her back helped explore America's northwest while searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean. This time-honored true story of the hardships of the expedition, in particular that of Sacajawea and her baby, Jean-Baptist (Pomp), is retold for young readers ages 8-12.
Down the Memory Hole
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 41070 words.
Published on May 29, 2010. Fiction.
Summer vacation sucks when 12-year-old Buzz shares his room with a grandpa who has Alzheimer’s disease and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend. The idea of giving up Mitch is bad enough. But how can he relate to an old man who wears adult diapers and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies? Someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty! (Ages 12 & up)
The Haunted Igloo
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 42270 words.
Published on April 11, 2010. Fiction.
For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. Ten-year-old Jean-Paul struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the NWT, where he is taunted by a group of Inuit boys because of his lameness caused by a birth defect. Forced imprisonment in a "haunted" igloo proves to be one of the most severe challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment.
by Bonnie Turner
Price: $3.99 USD. 35560 words.
Published on April 9, 2010. Fiction.
A coming-of-age novel for fans of Gary Paulsen, Scott O'Dell & Jack London, in which a young French boy learns to love and let go.
Returning to the Arctic after a two-year absence, 12-year-old Jean-Paul has overcome his fear of the dark, but discovers his best Inuit friend is terrified of the Northern Lights.
Polar bears, huskies, auroras that speak--and danger in the Arctic. (Ages 12 & up)
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- Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on March 08, 2010
This is a great marketing guide for today's e-publishers! The conversational style is easy to read and understand. I already use some of Mark's suggestions, but there are some I hadn't thought of.
- Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge
on Aug. 12, 2010
Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge is a keeper, full of information you'll never want to forget; mounds of gourmet food for the mind and soul with stick-to-the-ribs humor. From Spanish explorers' rickety wooden ships to moldy underwear to the Tower of Appendicitis and the Halfway-to-Hell-Club, this book is pure historical, hysterical, and educational entertainment! EJ Knapp has given us a delightful book filled with mind-boggling statistics about the birth of the Golden Gate Bridge, an important literary work to enjoy again and again. ~ Bonnie Turner (author of Face the Winter Naked)
- Lethal Play
on Nov. 21, 2010
Not being a soccer fan, I surprised myself by enjoying LETHAL PLAY tremendously. Loretta Giacoletto's realistic portrayals of setting and characterization add dimension to a superb plot. I learned more than I ever knew (or cared to know) about the game of soccer . . . and about a perverted coach taking advantage of a grieving and misguided soccer mom who'd give the world to see her son succeed at his chosen sport. I was left wondering how many other women have become "soccer sluts" to obtain special favors for their sons. I highly recommend this book to readers of intrigue, mystery, sports, and crime stories.
- Free Danner
on May 04, 2011
I absolutely loved this story and could not put it down. Loretta Giacoletto sinks her hooks deeply into the reader's heart and mind from the first page, when we meet the young Free Danner--who isn't really free considering all the emotional baggage the poor kid has been forced to carry from the day he was born.
In Giacoletto's well-written, gritty, and touching novel, Danner seems to live on the fringes. Nobody wants him, neither his mother nor his grandparents. To me, the characters were real flesh and blood people, and some of their stories came too close to home.
In the process of watching Danner's mind work, I grew to care for him: A sympathetic character who tugged at the heartstrings of an anonymous reader he would never know. Many times, while reading, my motherly instinct wanted to reach out and comfort this young man who'd been dealt such a tragic hand in the game of life.
Thanks, Loretta Giacoletto, for a wonderful read, a book I highly recommend for anyone who has ever stood on the outside looking into himself. Great job!
- Falling Under
on Nov. 10, 2011
Falling Under is an unforgettable debut novel that sucks you into an orgasmic vortex of emotions for a look into a young artist's tortured soul. Highly recommended!
- The Crow and The Dwarf
on July 04, 2012
I was unprepared for the emotional impact of this well-written short story, The Crow and The Dwarf, and plan to read more of Ms. Moore's excellent stories that tug the heartstrings.
- Last of the Breed
on Dec. 05, 2012
If you love dogs, you'll absolutely LOVE this humorous short story. Guaranteed. LAST OF THE BREED is a fast read, but one you won't soon forget as you go about your day chuckling and smirking. How did she do that? I'm not sure, but Ms. Kilian's a wonderful storyteller. ;-)